It’s going to be a busy few years for Saab, as the company readies its re-entry into the auto market with a wave of all-new product. First up is a refreshed 9-3, Saab’s bread and butter range that encompasses a sedan, station wagon and the infamous convertible. Minor cosmetic tweaks will be on hand, as will a revised 2.0L four-cylinder making 163 horsepower, or 220 horsepower when turbocharged. A diesel engine will be offered in Europe, and you can bet that it won’t be offered in North America.
Saab will also wade into the electric vehicle pool starting in 2011 as it rolls out a fleet of prototype EVs based on the 9-3. Set to roll out across the globe, the fleet will be part of Saab’s alternative fuel program, which will also include E85 capability on all future vehicles.
Finally, a Saab 92, reminiscent of Saabs of a bygone era, is expected to be produced in cooperation with BMW’s MINI division. Saab’s CEO, Victor Muller called it “”the missing link in our product portfolio.” While BMW hasn’t been named specifically as a potential partner, Muller said that the vehicle would be built in collaboration with another automaker. “We could build the 9-2 on our own, but that wouldn’t make sense,” he said. “Thanks to the crisis in the industry, everyone is willing to share everything.”